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Grantee Archive

Our grantees represent educators from all parts of the U.S. and cover all grade levels and subject areas. Below you will find a searchable database of all of the projects we’ve funded in the past 3 years.

Type of grant received
Grade level taught
Subject taught
State where grantee teaches
  • Nancy Smith

    Bentwood Elementary School
    Overland Park, KS
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Through “Engineering Explorations” Mrs. Smith will enhance her science curriculum with the Next Generation Science Standards of engineering. Different engineering concepts will be introduced each month, and students will design challenges, participate in outdoor experiences, and work with their parents during family science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) nights. Implementation strategies will be shared with educators throughout the school district. 

  • Sandra L. Osorio

    Illinois State University
    Normal, IL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Higher Education
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Dr. Osorio and Mrs. Sacco will collaborate to implement an action research study in three dual language classrooms. Teachers will look at their own teaching practices and how they relate to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). University professors will provide background on the NGSS and complete general observations of each teacher’s science instruction. The group will ultimately come together to discuss observations and decide a specific action research plan to implement in classrooms.

  • Sharon Galt

    Sterling High School
    Somerdale, NJ
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $2,000

    Ms. Galt will create a rigorous curriculum for Spanish students at every level by integrating language into a variety of contexts. Using the Advanced Placement (AP) Themes as a guide, Ms. Galt will travel to South America to immerse herself in language, collaborate with educators, and collect cultural artifacts for all Spanish students in her district. Ms. Galt will use her research to create lively, challenging lessons to improve students’ linguistic and cultural fluency. All lessons will use AP topics and connect to other disciplines emphasizing the importance of language learning while increasing student knowledge of language and other academic subjects.

  • Sharry Sparks

    Rye Junior High School
    Rye, NH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Through “Envisioning Stronger Para-Professionals,” Mrs. Sparks and Dr. Richardson will conduct leadership training with para-professionals from multiple school districts, with a focus on districts that lack professional development opportunities. The academy will provide current and aspiring para-educators with professional development and leadership training to strengthen classroom instruction and shared learning.

  • Sherry Kempf

    St. Paul Public Schools
    Saint Paul, MN
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    “Through Dakota Eyes” will allow students to experience familiar places through a Dakota lens. Students will study local history and culture and understand multiple perspectives of the native peoples of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The project will culminate with field trips to multiple sites of historic significance to the Dakota people. 

  • Stacey Whitwood

    Edgerton Elementary School
    Maplewood, MN
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    Through “We Code, What’s Your Superpower?,” Ms. Whitwood and Mrs. Mittelbrun will attempt to close the gender and diversity gap in computer science. All of their students will use Chromebooks to learn computer science concepts and coding. Students will be prepared to take Advanced Placement (AP) computer science in high school and potentially for careers in the computer science field.

  • Wendy McMillan

    Ervinton Elementary School
    Nora, VA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Fall
    $5,000

    To increase students’ mastery of writing and critical thinking skills and enhance their cultural awareness, Ms. McMillan and Mrs. Lee will partner with foreign teachers to create virtual classrooms. Through the use of tablet technology, students will learn about peers from diverse backgrounds while collaborating and sharing feedback on stories. Students will use their classroom library for inspiration when creating original writings. 

  • Alisha Steele

    Harrison North Elementary School
    Scio, OH
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To increase problem solving and critical thinking skills within the classroom, Littlebits circuit kits will be provided to students to construct project-based responses to problems. Classroom discussions will be encouraged and students will work together to explore engineering concepts and create new inventions. Students will ultimately present their findings to their peers orally and in written form.

  • Amy Sherman

    Forest Knolls Elementary School
    Silver Spring, MD
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    Sherman will partner with the Fujian Institute of Education in Fuzhou, China to participate in a teacher exchange program. During the program, Sherman will share expertise in best practices for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout the program, Sherman will improve her own teaching using strategies and ideas learned from Chinese colleagues and develop her ability to train other educators in best practices for teaching English Language Learners.

  • Carla Elliff

    Collinsville High School
    Collinsville, IL
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    Elliff will improve her professional practice by attending the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference. While there, she will learn how to develop and implement a school-wide college application process and enhance college and career readiness skills among students. Upon completion, Elliff will share resources and tools with counselors, social workers, teachers, and administrators within her district through workshop presentations and meetings.

  • Cathy Frastaci

    Edon Northwest Schools
    Edon, OH
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To provide her students with authentic musical experiences, Frastaci will travel to Ghana’s Dagbe Cultural Institute and Arts Center to participate in an intensive cultural immersion. While there, Frastaci will study the traditional African arts of drumming, dancing, crafting, and singing. Upon returning, Frastaci will create lessons that will incorporate her experience and enable students to participate in meaningful cultural understanding.

  • Christina Mendenhall

    Gilcrease Elementary School
    Tulsa, OK
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    To become familiar with other societies, cultural norms, educational systems, and curriculum, Mendenhall will attend seminars offered through the National Consortium of East Asia Studies. Mendenhall will learn Mandarin Chinese and complete classes through the Global Competence Certificate program. Upon return, Mendenhall will share observations, photos, videos, artifacts, and content with colleagues and students.

  • Christine Skog

    Harlan Community Elementary School
    Harlan, IA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades K-5
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    To provide students with a means of exploration, discovery, and creation, Skog will implement projects focusing on musical composition. Students will review musical concepts and learn to create their own music through a variety of sound and instrument activities. Through these musical experiences, students will gain a deeper understanding of music, technology, and how to be independent thinkers, learners, and problem solvers.

  • Chuck Boyer

    Alcona Community Schools
    Lincoln, MI
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    Through the collaborative efforts of Mr. Boyer’s student leadership team and community partners, the purchase of a Panel Master IV will bring cutting edge industry methods to the school’s technology facility. Students will be able to design and construct raised panels for use in cabinetry and furniture making. In addition to being a major safety upgrade, the new technology will increase the efficiency and accuracy of the construction process and allow students to greatly enhance their skill sets.  

  • Dan Frank

    Rocklin High School
    Rocklin, CA
    Student Achievement Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $5,000

    Through “Ideation, Innovation, and Engineering Success,” Frank and Tackett will build upon mechanical engineering foundations and best practices established by leading research institutions. The project will facilitate experiential learning by allowing students to solve open ended problems using industry standard technologies. Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards will be reinforced by the use of project based learning and contextualized through real world problems.

  • Daniel Noia

    Henry J. Kaiser School
    Honolulu, HI
    Learning & Leadership Grant
    Grades 9-12
    2015, Spring
    $2,000

    Noia and colleagues will lead a school-wide professional development program that will measure students’ metacognition. Educators will use learning logs to measure students’ metacognitive abilities and their abilities to apply their learning to other classes. Data will be recorded and analyzed to measure student growth, and the data will ultimately be shared during in-service training.

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